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[fahyuh r-ahrm] /ˈfaɪərˌɑrm/
a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.
Origin of firearm
First recorded in 1640-50; fire + arm2
Related forms
firearmed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Again endangered by his own firearm, Pollock stood at bay, raging but impotent in the face of the steady aim of the boy.

    The Diamond Pin Carolyn Wells
  • Just then the report of a firearm was heard, and a bullet whistled by us close to our ears.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then Chet scrambled up and used his firearm, the piece this time responding to the touch on the trigger.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
  • They had not a firearm on the boat nor had they ever had one aboard.

  • Fearing some wild animal he ran for his gun, but ere he could reach the firearm a voice arrested him.

    The Rover Boys In The Mountains Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for firearm


a weapon, esp a portable gun or pistol, from which a projectile can be discharged by an explosion caused by igniting gunpowder, etc
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Word Origin and History for firearm

1640s, from fire (n.) + arm (n.2). Related: Firearms.

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